Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger – Editor

Editor of 300+ authors, specializing in YA, MG, Christian fiction, romance, and fantasy (but open to edit anything), former literary agent.

Overview

Hope has edited the work of 300+ authors, and is an author herself, specializing in developmental edits. She has edited for several traditional publishers and prioritizes preserving author's voice.


As someone who has worked all sides of the desk, she promises to handle all edits with grace. She promises a fast turnaround, personalized notes alongside direct comments in the manuscript (so you don’t have to guess where changes are being made), and swears to only correct what is needing correcting. She doesn’t want to be one of those editors who butchers your book. Your story is too important for that. She has a soft spot for young adult (YA), middle grade (MG), romance, fantasy, and Christian fiction and inspirational nonfiction.


But she’s honestly open to any genre! She has no qualms with most content and most spice levels (and most gore too). She’s just interested in telling good stories.

Services
Fiction
Christian Fiction Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Fantasy Middle Grade Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction Inspirational
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • University-Level Editing Course

Work experience

End Game Press

Nov, 2021 — Present

Edits 30+ books each year, in genres of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s. Performs both developmental and copy edits on all books for publication.

Xulon Press

Feb, 2024 — Present

Provides edits to clients in a variety of genres. Ghostwrites some copy to ensure proper style, flow, and adherence to genre tropes.

CYLE

May, 2018 — Mar, 2021 (almost 3 years)

Edited the work of 100 clients as an agent’s assistant and landed 70 book contracts for clients.

Self-employed

May, 2018 — Present

Provides dev. and copy edits to hundreds of books, including for several traditional publishers.

Iron Stream Media

Feb, 2018 — Jun, 2019 (over 1 year)

Managed pub board team, evaluating manuscripts on a monthly basis for publication.

Portfolio

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First Date

Lacy, Evan

Copy Editing Proofreading
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Hexblood

Livingstone, Kiernan A

Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing
The Jealous Son: A Novel

Chynoweth, Michele

Developmental Editing
Jessie's Hope

Hallmark, Jennifer

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
After the Flowers Die

Renee Leonard Kennedy

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Uncrushed

Marshall, Beth

Developmental Editing
Unbetrothed

Pedraza Yamnitz, Candice

Developmental Editing
Fade to White

Ross, Tara K.

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
The Secret of Chimneys

Alice H. Murray

Developmental Editing
The Sadeiest

Spencer, Austrian

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
The Choices She Made

Felicia Ferguson

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing

Hope has 7 reviews

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Judilynn Z. N.

Judilynn Z. N.

Apr, 2024

I wrote an article to submit to a prestigious journal/review. Hope worked quickly and efficiently to make the article have better flow and continuity. She verified all of my sources and corrected the references that needed correcting. I sat on submitting this article for two years because I was insecure about it. Hope's work and encouragement wiped that insecurity away enough for me to submit ...
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Hope B.
Thank you so much!! I'm so happy to hear it was accepted!!
Evan L.

Evan L.

Mar, 2024

Once again, another flawless collaboration with Hope! She delivered the copyedit for the novel I've been working on with extensive, detailed feedback and kindly answered every question regarding her edits. I look forward to working with her again soon!
Hope B.
It was such a delight to go through this book again! Thank you!!
J. Gordon M.

J. Gordon M.

Mar, 2024

Hope was pleasant to work with and ultra-responsive in completing the job well ahead of schedule. In addition, she provided extra comments that were not part of the job criteria. Her heartfelt impressions gave me just the feedback I was looking for.
Hope B.
Thank you!! This story was so beautiful! It was so needed
Kiernan L.

Kiernan L.

Mar, 2024

Hope gave me an excellent price, finished my rather large edit ahead of schedule, and was responsive all the way through. She was professional, clear with her messaging, and always happy to clarify notes and to double check comments.
Hope B.
I was hooked the whole time during this book. I cannot wait to grab my copy of this! Such a well-done story!
Christine L.

Christine L.

Mar, 2024

As a novice writer, I didn't know what to expect when I hired Hope B. I must say, she exceeded my expectations! In addition to a marked up copy of my novel, she sent me a summary of my strengths and weaknesses. The edited copy highlighted both strong and weak parts of the story. Her comments were especially helpful when it came to correcting my habit of "telling" instead of "showing". Suggesti...
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Hope B.
Thank you!! I love your book!! I seriously cannot wait to buy a copy of it!

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